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All Things Food / Tip
« on: July 30, 2013, 08:00:19 PM »
If you wrap a brat in a tortilla instead of putting it in a bun it becomes a "wrap" and then it is healthy.

Ingredients / Charlie asks
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:49:41 PM »
I was looking at the Charlie Asks thing that is currently on the main site. Is there really a big difference between US and UK Goldings?

General Homebrew Discussion / Bottle cap discovery
« on: July 22, 2013, 03:04:01 PM »
I have been using the American flag bottle caps they sell at midwestsupplies for a long time. Yesterday I was at the home brew store in Lawrence and they had them. I bought a package. It said on the package that they were oxygen barrier caps. I never knew that. I got them home and compared them to the ones I have already and they are definitely the same thing. They just are not labeled as such when you buy them form midwestsupplies. Not that I am complaining as I have a stout and a porter that I want to age nearly a year to be ready this winter.

I have always liked these caps, not only for the really cool design, but also because they are a sturdier metal than the other caps I had been using. The home brew store was selling them for $3.75 for a bag of 144. I had been paying $4.99. Shipping is a wash as the home brew store is approx 30 miles away. It makes a nice pleasant get away road trip and there are to excellent breweries in Lawrence.

Kegging and Bottling / Natural carbed keg
« on: July 13, 2013, 03:00:50 PM »
I recently tapped my first natural carbed keg. I used 3 oz sugar to 5 gallons of beer. It sat 6 weeks in my 68 degree man cave. First off it was over carbonated so I pulled on the relief valve and let it repressurize to my serving pressure. Now it pours good. But the head dissipates too quickly and there is no lacing. It tastes good and it tastes fully carbonated. All in all I think I will stick with force carbonating.

Beer Travel / 23rd ST Brewery in Lawrence KS
« on: July 09, 2013, 06:22:57 PM »
This place serves not only first rate beer but first rate food as well. The brewery is up some stairs in the center of the restaurant. It is not inclosed so if you are there at the right time you can watch the brewers work as you eat.

The Pub / A Good Day to Die Hard movie review
« on: July 06, 2013, 07:23:33 PM »
I redboxed this movie last weekend. I own the first 4. The critics weren't kind to this movie. They said the dialogue was, well, stupid. And they were right. But this movie really lit up my big plasma TV and put my surround sound through it's paces. And that is what I buy an action movie for. If the dialogue gets to ridiculous I will pop open a higher ABV beer. If I want intelligent thought provoking dialogue I will turn on the discovery channel.

The Pub / I love this
« on: July 05, 2013, 05:53:17 PM »
Read the entire gets funnier as it goes. Oh how I would have loved to be the cop that showed up.

The Pub / Another pet safety tip
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:45:38 PM »

For those who haven't guessed I am a bit of a dog freak.

Equipment and Software / Really cheap tetra pond pump
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:41:32 PM »
I bought a really cheap ($20) pond pump and tried it out yesterday. I cooled my wort to 90F running garden hose water through my chiller, then changed it over to my pond pump. I had the pump in the bottom of my mash tun with the false bottom removed. I had approx a gallon of water in it and 6lbs of ice. It took 10 minutes to get the water from 90 to 70. The ice was gone but the water was still really cold. I dumped in a second 6lb bag of ice. 10 minutes later my wort was 62 degrees. My ground water was 72 so without the pump I never would have gotten the wort under 72 and it would have taken me a long time to get it to that temperature.

The Pub / Gold
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:30:54 PM »
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa's album "Don't Explain" went gold. Congratulations to both. The two work really well together.

Beer Recipes / Another stab at hopped up white wheat
« on: July 01, 2013, 08:19:58 PM »
6lbs Rahr 2 Row Barley
3 lbs White Wheat Malt
1.4 oz Cascade Hops
1 oz Citra Hops 14.5%
1oz Columbus Hops
Mashed at 152 for 60 minutes
Batch Sparge 10 minutes at 168
FWH 1 oz Cascade
Boiled 60 minutes
0.5 oz Citra and 0.2 oz Cascade at 15 minutes
0.5 oz Citra and 0.2 oz Cascade at 10 minutes
1oz Columbus 5 minutes
OG 1.053

Equipment and Software / Blichmann burner first impression
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:28:13 PM »
Really quiet and really fast. I wish I could meet a woman like it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Tap that Topeka
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:34:10 AM »
There was a beer fest put on by a group called "Go Topeka". They are a group that looks for ways to enhance the city's image, attract businesses, etc. I thought the admission was a little steep at $30. And for that you only got a plastic sampling cup. For $75 you got a souvenir glass and an extra hour. But other than that it was pretty well organized and well run. There were 39 breweries there. Half a dozen from Kansas that I had never heard of. One of them had a really good IPA called Cellermans. This place for each beer had a listing of the grain bill, hops used, and OG. I looked at the grain bill and told the guy it was very similar to the one I use for my IPAs. He then went into great detail about how to brew his IPA. He did no bittering additions and started putting Amarillo in at the 15 minute point (hop bursting) then he put Summit hops in after the whirl pool then later dry hopped with them. The stuff was really good. I took some pictures while I was there.

My favorite shirts

My favorite server

A cool hat for a photo

My favorite blue jeans

My favorite dress

Favorite dress runner up

as you can see the more beers I had the more my taste in photography changed

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